Good design consists of more elements than most people consider, and it seems that good designers are rare. Look at design outside of Apple’s creations in the technology world, most of it is clunky and, dare I say, blatantly rips off Apple. One element that Apple incorporates into its design
Following in the wake of Apple's rejection of the Google Voice app about six months ago, the cool cats at Voice Central went a different route and created Black Swan, an app with similar functions to Google Voice, though instead of functioning as a web app, Black Swan is stored locally on the iPhone.
According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, jailbroken iPhone users can simply go here and download the software, which supports features such as easy access to voicemails and quick access to the call or SMS buttons. Other features include a link to a list of recent calls, just like the iPhone OS app while other nice bells and whistles include landscape mode functionality.
In December of last year, Riverturn launched Black Swan, a web version of VoiceCentral, their since-banned native Google Voice application. It was the first app of any kind to bring Google Voice back to the iPhone through legitimate means after Apple removed all traces of Google Voice functionality from the App Store. Now Google is following suit, offering their own official Google Voice web app for the iPhone.
Earlier this summer, Apple turned a lot of heads (including the FCC's) when they unabashedly killed Google Voice on the iPhone, rejecting Google's official app and removing all third party ones. Now an alternative has shown up that Apple can't reject; a web app. Riverturn, the developers of the removed app VoiceCentral, has created their own web interface to the service that acts exactly the same as a native app. Video after the break!
AT&T has announced that they will now be allowing apps like Google Voice and Skype to run over their 3G cellular data network on the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The company recently informed Apple and AT&T that the network is now "ready," meaning all that's left is to put the capability into some iPhone apps. AT&T had previously not allowed applications to use the 3G data network for VoIP phone calls, presumably to keep users from using VoIP instead of their voice network.
Google released their response to the FCC letter that was sent out to Google, AT&T and Apple regarding the Google Voice application being rejected from the App Store. Interestingly, Google's statement directly contradicts that of Apple's claim that the app wasn't officially rejected, saying that Apple had informed them that it was rejected during a phone conversation.
In an unexpected twist, Apple has published their statement to the FCC regarding the alleged "banning" of Google Voice from the App Store. As it turns out, they say they haven't denied the official Google Voice app submitted by Google yet, and that it hasn't been approved because it is still being reviewed. Apple says that the app hasn't been approved because:
Last week it was found that the FCC had initiated an investigation in to the unofficial banning of applications from the App Store for Google Voice. Now the questions asked of AT&T have been made public, and underscore the concerns of the FCC and much of the iPhone-using public.
With Apple's decision to ban Google's official Google Voice application and subsequent removal of all unofficial Google Voice apps from the App Store, many assumed that AT&T was behind the decision, since it could potentially compete with SMS on the device. After receiving a pitchfork-wielding mob of angry emails, AT&T says it wasn't their idea; it was Apple's.
A Google spokesperson has released an official statement saying that Apple has rejected the Google Voice native iPhone application from being published to the App Store. The application would have allowed iPhone users to use the Google Voice service on their iPhone, which would have essentially replaced the native dialing application and made using Google Voice a much smoother and easier experience.